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    Secondary School Update

    Written by Richard Schwarz – Head of Secondary

    We are halfway through Term 3 and there have already been so many successes and .. so far, with still more to come.

    Thank you to our parents and students who attended our 2019 Year 11 Subject Information Night. It was well attended and we had our Senior subject teachers, as well as representatives from TAFE, CQU, JCU and the Defence Forces, discussing the changes that will be coming in Queensland’s changes to Year 11 and 12 from 2019. These are the most significant changes to occur in Queensland’s history and our teachers have been working tirelessly to ensure that we are prepared and leading the way in the new system. For more information on the changes that are occurring, please see: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/new-snr-assessment-te/information-school-communities or contact the College. Our Year 6 into 7 2019 Transition Information Night was also a great night in which we discussed the transition from Year 6 to Year 7, including our different expectations. We are looking forward to seeing our new Year 7s next year!

    For the second year, our students did exceptionally well in the Wearable Art competitions, both at the Cairns Show and at the Brisbane Ekka. In Cairns, Grace Nucifora had two pieces, which one both First and Second. In Brisbane, our team of six again showed just how creative our students can be, with Grace Nucifora winning First in the State and Bethany Jenkins coming home with a Highly Commended. All our team, including Mrs Nsengimana (Visual Art Teacher) and Mrs Puddle who accompanied them, are to be congratulated. Well done!

    For our students, it is again another busy year. Our Year 12s are in the process of completing their final QCS Practice in preparation for the real event which will take place on 4 and 5 September. The Queensland Core Skills Test is a collection of 4 exams sat by all OP-eligible students in Queensland which is used to rank students to create their OPs. We pray for good health and for peace so that they may achieve at their best.

    Likewise, assessment is coming hard and fast for Secondary students. It is important to remember that assessment is a core part of education – it allows us to not only provide grades but more importantly, to see how our students are faring in elements of the curriculum in order to adjust our teaching and their learning to improve. Coupled with assessment is homework. In Secondary, homework is a core part of our expectations for learning. We set homework for 1 of 3 reasons:

    1 – to revise what we have done that day, setting the skills and knowledge in our minds for further use.

    2 – to prepare for upcoming topics and classes, providing a groundwork for classwork to come or;

    3 – for assessment.

    We send assignments home so that parents are aware of what students are working on and also for the opportunity for parents to support their child’s education. As you can see, homework is an essential part of what we do and we ask that you support us and your child in ensuring that homework is completed as much as possible. Assessment calendars are available at: https://moodle.freshwatercc.qld.edu.au/assessment and our Homework Policy is available in the front of your child’s Student Diary.